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My duck isn't acting right & I don't know what to do. Please help me help him. Thank you!

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Sick, weak duck, what is wrong, what treatment?
Sick, weak duck, what is wrong, what treatment?

#61 of 78
11/18/14
Miss Lydia
Platinum Poultry
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Thank you very much.
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#62 of 78
11/19/14
Miss Lydia
Platinum Poultry
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#63 of 78
4/17/15
alibabba
old thread, but in all this reading, I didn't see anyone say Botulism. Which it sounds like many of these ducks had. "wry neck".... doesnt necessarily have to have a bent neck. But treatment needs to be done as soon as signs are seen. (Also from much reading and research, too many to cite)

#64 of 78
4/18/15
TheDuckMommy


Hi community I need some advice I currently have three pekin ducks who are starting to get their mature feathers however I just rescued these from somebody who could no longer take care of them I have no idea what they are !.. I have a feeling that the darker colored one is a rouen duck however the lighter colored one I thought was a pekin but I am not too sure ..

They feel kind of underweight compared to how mine felt when I held them when they were about that size..
also the lighter colored one has some type of dots on his feet also ..

Any advice ? I got very fortunate that my three pekins ended up extremely healthy and had no issues like this

Thank you everybody

#65 of 78
4/18/15
Amiga
Platinum Poultry
I would start them on poultry vitamins with electrolytes and probiotics, as well as a good starter crumble. Plenty of fresh water, watch the brooder temperatures.

Have you read the Raising Ducklings thread in the Stickies? I would also let them swim in a tub of 85 F water, and make sure they dry off well afterward. Please keep us posted.

#66 of 78
4/26/15
skylaronyx
ok so i dont know how old this post iis but i had similar problems with my 2 2month old ducks. the boy, darkwing, was experiencing all the same issues as you described except he walked very little. i first was worried when he started to constantly look sleepy so i penned him away from his more energetic counterpart lola. that didnt work, so i started to watch for a difference in feces. both ducks had just gotten diarrrhea from having too much fiber in their diet and i assumed that that was the issue. i treated him just as you are and he didnt seem to improve much. what i did try randomly one day was i diced up some fruit over a bowl so the juices fell in, and then i added water and kinda gave them a chunky fruit juice..? and he, at first didnt seem interested but when i took a few drops in a dropper and fed it to him he perked up a lil and over time he started moving a lil more and although hes still a lil iffy looking hes alot better from what he was just a week or two ago. i also changed his food too. i completely took oatmeal outof the diet ad replaced it with steel cut oats. my suggestion would be to try a variation in her diet maybe, and if you can (as weird as it sounds) check for a difference in feces. weather it changes color or becomes runnier, whenever ducks tend to get sick it usually shows in the feces so id look into that.
i do hope she gets better and you can figure out whats wrong.
best of wishes,
Onyx
p.s i also started giving them vitamins to boost their immune system and some baby duck starter crumble but you can use regular crumble too.

#67 of 78
12/22/15
1graciegirl
My 8 year old duck is failiing. She is not a pet per se but, rather, is out and about in the community. She does come to my patio 1 - 2 daily. There are 2 male ducks who always accompany her as though they are protecting her. Lately, she has seemed sluggish and has been spending more time in my patio eating less and less. Yesterday, she came in at 7:00 a.m. and remains there now. She has barely eaten even though she is drinking water. In the past, I have fed her "goose & duck" food. When she tired of that, after quite some time, I would give her bread, though have just learned this is not good for her. When she tired of bread, I would go back to the goose and duck food. I don't have any of that now but have ordered it. Don't know if she is just tired of the bread. I have put some lettuce in her water hoping that she'll eat something. Her right eye is now closed. Should I take her to a bird sanctuary in my area for help, should I leave her be....what can I do to help her?

#68 of 78
12/22/15
Miss Lydia
Platinum Poultry
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Originally Posted by 1graciegirl View Post

My 8 year old duck is failiing. She is not a pet per se but, rather, is out and about in the community. She does come to my patio 1 - 2 daily. There are 2 male ducks who always accompany her as though they are protecting her. Lately, she has seemed sluggish and has been spending more time in my patio eating less and less. Yesterday, she came in at 7:00 a.m. and remains there now. She has barely eaten even though she is drinking water. In the past, I have fed her "goose & duck" food. When she tired of that, after quite some time, I would give her bread, though have just learned this is not good for her. When she tired of bread, I would go back to the goose and duck food. I don't have any of that now but have ordered it. Don't know if she is just tired of the bread. I have put some lettuce in her water hoping that she'll eat something. Her right eye is now closed. Should I take her to a bird sanctuary in my area for help, should I leave her be....what can I do to help her?
She needs help I would take her to the bird sanctuary for help. If you leave her there on your patio she will most likely continue to fail or a pred will get her. Please let us know what the sanctuary says about her.

#69 of 78
2/4/16
bigsuz23
I have a degrading indian runner named Turtle and am trying everything.
My question to everyone is that am I correct in understanding there is little to no understanding how to manage and treat domesticated ducks? I've read concerns about vets not knowing what to do and I've discovered most treatments are not labeled for ducks. Is this as significant a problem as I perceive to be? An important area with a severe lack of professionally recognized and research based knowledge? This, compounded by the sale of ducklings at big box feed stores makes for strong disease centers, misguided or ill informed caregivers, and not to mention heart-aching "parents".feedback would be greatly appreciated. Best to all of you struggling with an ill duck; I share in your frustration and concern.

#70 of 78
2/5/16
pattyhen
Golden Feathers
You have to find an avian vet. They specialize in birds. They should be able to help you. They are few and far between so you have to research your area to see if you have one close.

#71 of 78
2/5/16
Amiga
Platinum Poultry
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Originally Posted by bigsuz23 View Post

I have a degrading indian runner named Turtle and am trying everything.
My question to everyone is that am I correct in understanding there is little to no understanding how to manage and treat domesticated ducks? I've read concerns about vets not knowing what to do and I've discovered most treatments are not labeled for ducks. Is this as significant a problem as I perceive to be? An important area with a severe lack of professionally recognized and research based knowledge? This, compounded by the sale of ducklings at big box feed stores makes for strong disease centers, misguided or ill informed caregivers, and not to mention heart-aching "parents".feedback would be greatly appreciated. Best to all of you struggling with an ill duck; I share in your frustration and concern.

There are good duck vets around, and I have even found a chicken vet who is able to help quite a bit with my ducks.

There is quite a bit of knowledge and understanding in managing and treating domestic ducks. One source I like for my own education is The Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook. I have adopted from the rescue group whose director wrote the book - just wanted a full disclosure there.

There is a 200 page medical section in that book.

It is true that at this point in time, medications are often not labelled specifically for ducks. That makes it harder than it needs to be.

Where have you posted details about Turtle on BYC? I have not been online as much as usual and must have missed it.

Some things do need a vet's help. They have diagnostic equipment that we don't. Is there a waterfowl rehabber anywhere around you? Or agricultural college?

#72 of 78
2/5/16
Miss Lydia
Platinum Poultry
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Originally Posted by bigsuz23 View Post

I have a degrading indian runner named Turtle and am trying everything.
My question to everyone is that am I correct in understanding there is little to no understanding how to manage and treat domesticated ducks? I've read concerns about vets not knowing what to do and I've discovered most treatments are not labeled for ducks. Is this as significant a problem as I perceive to be? An important area with a severe lack of professionally recognized and research based knowledge? This, compounded by the sale of ducklings at big box feed stores makes for strong disease centers, misguided or ill informed caregivers, and not to mention heart-aching "parents".feedback would be greatly appreciated. Best to all of you struggling with an ill duck; I share in your frustration and concern.
Welcome to BYC @bigsuz23

Avian vet is always a good idea but if you don't have one maybe this will help
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1048620/how-to-provide-emergency-and-supportive-care-updated-1-3-2016

There are quite a few members who maybe able to help if you will give us details.

#73 of 78
2/22/16
Dalqueen
HELP!!
My duck is a year old and this morning she's dragging not herself she's a runner and head is always up but not now I don't know if her neck is swollen or she just doesn't have the strength to hold it up so it just looks puffy? I can loose another animal I just lost my 8 week old goat lithos month. HELP

#74 of 78
2/22/16
Miss Lydia
Platinum Poultry
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Originally Posted by Dalqueen View Post

HELP!!
My duck is a year old and this morning she's dragging not herself she's a runner and head is always up but not now I don't know if her neck is swollen or she just doesn't have the strength to hold it up so it just looks puffy? I can loose another animal I just lost my 8 week old goat lithos month. HELP
@Dalqueen A few questions. when did she lay last? and could she have eaten anything toxic? She could be egg bound, have an infection or may have eaten something poisonious. You need to pick her up and examine her all over.

#75 of 78
2/22/16
Amiga
Platinum Poultry
If you can get a video or photo that might help.

You say she is dragging. Like moving slowly? What is the temperature where she sleeps at night? What is her feed? Water 24/7?

Drakes?

#76 of 78
2/23/16
Dalqueen
She seems much better today I think she may have just strained her neck or my drake was a little to ruff when mateing

#77 of 78
2/23/16
Miss Lydia
Platinum Poultry
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Originally Posted by Dalqueen View Post

She seems much better today I think she may have just strained her neck or my drake was a little to ruff when mateing
Some drakes are really rough and can injure females if you find he is favoring her more than the others you might want to give her a couple -3 days of TLC away from him or give him some time out away from the girls. When I had 3 drakes one time I would put them up earlier than the girls so the girls could have pool time with out worrying a drake was going to jump on them. Thankfully never had a drake that was really rough on the girls but I would have put any of them in time out if they showed that tendency.

Glad to hear she is better today .

#78 of 78
4 minutes ago
Carterfamily15
Hi my name is jaime and my boyfriend eric and I are new at all this. Yal have been so very helpful since we got our two ducks and 5 chicks a few weeks before Easter. I am coming to yal for some help today. My ducks have been doing very well. They are SO big and we just couldn't believe how fast they grew. I did the test & found out we have one male & one female duck. They've been doing so well & so healthy until today. I noticed my male who has always been smaller wasn't doing well today. I have tried to find answers all day but no luck. I have been babying him trying to make him comfortable and feel better. He can not stand on his feet or walk. He slumps over to the side or his back. He has been opening his mouth sticking his tongue up weird. I can get him to drink but he isn't wanting to eat. Can someone please help me help him? He's become one of my babies! Thank you so very much!
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What kind of feed have you been providing?

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Thread Starter 
Drumor duck starter food .
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I wouldn't expect a niacin deficiency from a duck starter, but you may want to start supplementing it through brewers yeast or tablets. You may need to splint the legs if it's really bad.
Perhaps there's another diagnosis from the forum, but this is where I'd start.

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Ok thank you
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